Three Reasons Developers Should Use Expression Blend

10/15/2010 1:42:41 PM

Lots of developers are building XAML-based applications today.  Be it WPF, Silverlight or Windows Phone 7, I have seen a lot of people struggle with certain tasks in Visual Studio that would be much easier if undertaken in Expression Blend.  Blend seems to be somewhat intimidating to developers, especially those that are already wrestling with learning XAML. Having spent time in both tools, I can tell you that Blend can make three things dramatically easier, and you should learn how to do these three things with Blend, even if you never use it for anything else.

See the video on Channel 9.

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Spaghetti Code–October 2010–Show 1

10/15/2010 8:45:38 AM

Spaghetti Code goes to its bi-weekly format with hosts Jeff Brand and Adam Grocholski discussing the news and events in the .NET world and beyond.  This month, Jeff and Adam talk about the Windows Phone 7 Launch and Marketplace, WebMatrix, MVC 3, the Adobe-Microsoft rumors, and more.

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Microsoft Event on Software Testing and Quality Assurance with Visual Studio 2010

10/12/2010 8:03:01 AM

We all know that Quality matters. It’s a top of mind issue for every business, but delivering quality software has always been a daunting task. Often times quality is cut short by project time overruns and multiple rework cycles between development and QA that seem to go on forever.

Are you frustrated???...well there is a better way!!!

Visual Studio Test Professional 2010 makes a real impact on software quality. It’s an integrated testing solution that delivers a complete plan-test-track workflow. It allows the user to quickly identify quality related bugs and easily report them with rich actionable information. Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate allows the developer to address these issues with ease, reducing the time it takes to solve a problem by almost 60%. This translates into tremendous cost savings, greater level of productivity, and higher quality standards throughout the development lifecycle.

Team Foundation Server 2010 provides full traceability of test progress, from requirements through deployment with real-time quality metrics AND COLLABORATION. The NET EFFECT is the team is able to make informed, timely decisions, driving down the risks common to every software development project.

 

Click below to register for the location near you!

Welcome: 12:30 PM (Local Time)

Seminar: 1:00 – 5:00 PM (Local Time)

SPACE IS LIMITED!

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10/19/2010

Grand Rapids, MI

10/20/2010

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10/26/2010

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10/28/2010

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10/28/2010

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11/2/2010

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11/3/2010

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11/9/2010

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11/16/2010

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Nashville, TN

11/18/2010

Milwaukee, WI

11/18/2010

Kansas City, KS

12/1/2010

Houston, TX

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Test Your Windows Phone 7 App

10/7/2010 4:04:25 PM

The Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch in Minneapolis finished up this week.  As I told the folks that attended, if you need to test your app on an actual device, I will be holding “Office Hours” at the Microsoft office in Bloomington.  To make things easy, I will be at the Microsoft office from 9am to 1pm the week of Oct 18th (Monday – Friday).  Drop me an email and let me know what day/time works for you and I’ll set aside the time to test your app on a WP7 device.  All you need to do is bring your XAP file if you want to travel light.  If that week/time slot doesn’t work, feel free to contact me and we can try and set up an alternative time.

Thanks and happy developing!

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Spaghetti Code–September 2010 Edition

10/4/2010 3:11:57 PM

Spaghetti Code kicks hosts Jeff Brand and Adam Grocholski discuss g the news and events in the .NET world and beyond.  This month, Jeff and Adam read some listener email, talk about all the updates on the Windows Phone 7 front, and include some thoughts on IE 9 beta and some new updates to a couple of Silverlight framworks.

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